The Best Jelly Face Masks for Instant Hydration

Updated 10/24/18

Move over, sheet masks: There’s a new mask in town. Whether your skin is naturally dehydrated or the change in season is the culprit, a jelly face mask is a must this time of year, as they’re essentially like a tall glass of water for your face. Packed full of moisture-rich ingredients and with a cooling, calming texture that soothes even the most irritated skin, the best jelly face masks leave your skin feeling supple, refreshed and glowy.

Originally from Korea (like all the best skincare ideas), jelly face masks have a light, bouncy texture. The formula won’t drip or make a mess either. There are tonnes of different jelly face masks out there, and whilst most of them focus on hydration, there are other benefits too. If you love acids, try Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Jelly Mask (£15), which contains resurfacing AHAs and a calming jelly texture. If you’re more low-maintenance, try an overnight mask like Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask (£40).

Or if you’re feeling fancy, try Bella Hadid’s choice, Dior Glow Better Fresh Jelly Mask (£46).

Whatever your skin type, we’ve got a jelly face mask to suit you. Scroll down to see the best of the best.

Best for Added Radiance

Nip+Fab Glycolic Jelly Mask
Nip+Fab Glycolic Jelly Mask $15
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With a blend of lactic and glycolic acids, this gentle exfoliator works to reduce breakouts, and leaves skin bright and radiant.

Best for Baby-Soft Skin Overnight

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask $40
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Packed with hyaluronic acid and watermelon extract (both are great for soothing irritated skin), apply two scoops of this all over your face and neck before bed. Then, in the morning, wash it off and reveal a brighter, softer complexion.

Best for Soothing Stressed-Out Skin

best jelly mask: Huxley Wash-off Mask
Huxley Wash-Off Healing Mask: Keep Calm $24
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With antioxidant-rich prickly pear seed oil and orange peel, this ultra-soothing mash calms stressed skin whilst fighting off the free-radical aggressors that aggravate it.

Best for Firming and Plumping

J.One Black Jelly Pack
J.One Black Jelly Pack $36
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The black cumin seed in this jelly mask helps to combat congestion. Made with blackcurrant, blackberry, black bee propolis and black pearl (hence the inky-hued formula), it works overnight to lift, firm and plump the skin.

Best for Sheet-Mask Lovers

Vitamasques Aloe Vera Jelly Sheet Mask
Vitamasques Aloe Vera Jelly Sheet Mask $6
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A two-in-one mask, the hydro-jelly serum cools and soothes whilst the face mask infuses skin with vitamins and antioxidants. This mask works to improve skin tone and texture.

Best for Priming

First Aid Beauty 5-in-1 Bouncy Mask
First Aid Beauty 5-in-1 Bouncy Mask $30
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Perfect as a pre-makeup treatment, this hardworking mask gently exfoliates skin, tightens the appearance of pores, and boosts collagen production for plump, smooth skin.

Best for Soothing Angry Skin

Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque
Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque $44
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This ultra-cooling mask is packed with skin-soothing calendula and aloe vera to nourish and hydrate angry, irritated skin. Keep it in the fridge for an extra cooling effect.

Best for Complexions in Crisis

Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Masque
Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Masque $50
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Worldwide, one of these is sold every minute thanks to its combination of soothing cucumber and chamomile extracts. It’s brilliant for calming down stressed skin and sensitivities caused by waxing, facials or chemical peels.

Best for Sensitive Skin

best jelly mask: Vichy Quenching Masque
Vichy Quenching Mineral Mask $15
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Fortified with Vichy’s remineralising thermal water, this ultra-hydrating mask locks in moisture whilst enhancing the skin’s natural barrier. It’s perfect for dry, dehydrated and sensitive skin types.

Best for a 3-Minute Facial

Dior Glow Better Fresh Jelly Mask
Dior Glow Better Fresh Jelly Mask $46
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Loved by Bella Hadid (need we say more?), Dior’s fresh jelly mask is like a facial in a tub. In just three minutes, you’ll get a gentle yet powerful peel thanks to the combination of citrus fruit extracts and apricot kernel extracts. 

Best for Oily, Acne-Prone Skin

Berrisom Water Bomb Jelly Mask
Berrisom Water Bomb Jelly Mask $4
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Featuring a cocktail of hyaluronic acid, grapefruit extract, trehalose and tamarind seed, this jelly sheet mask helps to balance the skin’s own natural oil levels to unclog blocked pores and lessen the chance of blemishes and breakouts.

Best for Giving Skin a Glow

Lancôme Hydra Zen Jelly Mask
Lancôme Hydra Zen Jelly Mask $30
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Perfect for sensitive skin that’s in need of a boost, this overnight jelly mask nourishes skin and locks in hydration with hyaluronic acid.

Best for Skin in Colder Climes

Lumene Hydration Recovery Aerating Gel Mask
Lumene Hydration Recovery Aerating Gel Mask $20
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Developed with pure Arctic spring water and organic Nordic birch sap, the light water-gel formula delivers intense hydration. It’s perfect for skin that’s been beaten by the winter chill.

Best for On-the-Go Application

Being by Sanctuary Spa Coconut Quenching Jelly Face Mask
Being by Sanctuary Spa Coconut Quenching Jelly Face Mask $7
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This unique face mask doesn’t need to be washed off, meaning it’s perfect for giving an extra boost of hydration on the go.

Best for Replenishing Skin Overnight

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask
The Body Shop Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask $25
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Enriched with edelweiss stem cells, this bouncy jelly mask moulds itself like a second skin for instant hydration. Leave on overnight and wake up with plumper, younger-looking skin. Plus, it’s 100% vegan. Win-win.

Best for Brightening Skin

First Aid Beauty Ginger and Turmeric Vitamin C Jelly Mask
First Aid Beauty Ginger and Turmeric Vitamin C Jelly Mask $28
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With a blend of all our favourites—ginger, turmeric and vitamin C—this superfood face mask brightens dull and lacklustre skin for a smoother, more radiant complexion.

Best for Combination Skin

best jelly mask: Liz Earle Balancing Gel Mask
Liz Earle Balancing Gel Mask $19
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Perfect for balancing confused skin, this gel mask features a combination of calming ingredients that work to even the appearance of the skin. It truly helps bring tired complexions back to life.

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